1. I work very little. Therefore;
2. I'm bored; Therefore;
3. I go to the gym a lot. Therefore;
4. I'm hungry all the time.
I don't go to the gym enough to alleviate my boredom. That means I'm hungry and bored a lot. THIS IS NOT A GOOD COMBINATION. It totally undoes all of the time spent at the gym.
Though I've been in Brazil for almost four years now, I still haven't really mastered the art of Brazilian snacks. What can I say? You can take the girl out of Taco-Bell-infested California, but you can't take Taco-Bell-infested California out of the girl. The point is, I crave over-processed bean burritos all the time, but I clearly need to find some other substitute. Neither brigadeiro nor coxinhas is a good idea. (Hell, neither is Taco Bell, but that is beside the point.) Today has reminded me that snacks from beach stands aren't a good idea, either. That's because beach stand waitresses (never the waiters! They're too enamored) see me alone and hear me talk and decide to super overcharge me with the gringa price for my snacks. Sorry, bitchy beach waitress: just because I have an accent, it doesn't mean I ordered or ate a chicken dinner for four people. I ordered the tiny appetizer porção, and you can charge me for that or you can charge me nothing. That's right, I caught that on the receipt. Eighteen reais is a far cry from 48 reais, and no, just because my fancy-looking book-reading machine makes you think I'm rich, it doesn't mean that I don't look at receipts. You and your cook can play dumb ("Yeah, that was a plate for 4 people!") but I'm not paying for it. That's right. Slap down that ATM machine in irritation. I win. It's called having a brain. You should try it sometime.
Anyway. Knowing what I shouldn't do about snacks doesn't tell me what I should do. What's a healthy but filling Brazilian snack? How do I not have an answer to that yet?
FYI, alcohol is not a good idea for a snack, either. The biggest problem is that it makes it impossible to go to the gym. The second biggest problem is that it makes it impossible to deal with people. See my graph for reference:
So, as you can see, I'm in a couple of different small predicaments. High metabolism; no creative ideas for snacks. Desire to be out on the beach; disdain for my fellow man. Desire to drink more to ignore all the Crap; displeased with the effects of too much alcohol.
I'm listening to an audio book right now called "Thrive: Finding Happiness the Blue Zones Way." In it, the author talks about research that proves that a big obstacle to happiness is living in a place with huge social inequality and income gaps. Many research studies prove that the wider the gap between the rich and the poor, the greater the lack of a middle class, the more unhappy a community tends to be.
Duh. I could've told him that.
In the meantime, I'd like to maintain my weight loss from the gym without fighting with my newfound metabolism levels all the time. Any ideas?
If there is a lack of comments, I'm just gonna stop going to the gym. PROBLEM SOLVED.